Port of Savannah welcomes largest ship ever to call on East Coas - WTOC-TV: Savannah, Beaufort, SC, News, Weather & Sports

Port of Savannah welcomes largest ship ever to call on East Coast

The ship as it headed toward the Savannah Ports. (Source: WTOC) The ship as it headed toward the Savannah Ports. (Source: WTOC)
The COSCO Development drone view during its approach to Savannah. (Source: Billy Harrell) The COSCO Development drone view during its approach to Savannah. (Source: Billy Harrell)
The COSCO Development drone view. (Source: Billy Harrell) The COSCO Development drone view. (Source: Billy Harrell)
The COSCO Development (Source: COSCO Shipping Line) The COSCO Development (Source: COSCO Shipping Line)
SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

COSCO Development, the largest container ship ever to visit the U.S. East Coast, passed through Savannah Thursday morning.

With a capacity of 13,092 twenty-foot equivalent container units, the Development measures 1,201 feet long and 158 feet wide. According to COSCO, the ship is the length of eight Statues of Liberty or one Eiffel Tower or two Washington Monuments. It left Hong Kong for the U.S. on April 8, and made a stop in Norfolk, Virginia, earlier this week.

COSCO Shipping Lines is based out of Shanghai, China, which is the country's biggest city and a global financial hub. The COSCO Development vessel will not only unload containers of imported goods while in Savannah, but it will also load containers of U.S. goods to be exported to Asian countries.

The massive ship made its way down the Savannah River and cleared the Talmadge Bridge around 10 a.m. The COSCO crew were even watching WTOC's live stream from the ship and were tweeting about it as they passed by Fort Jackson and made their way down the Savannah River. 

If you missed it, watch our full Facebook Live coverage of the ship's arrival below.

From River Street via Jarvis Robertson:

From Fort Jackson via Russ Riesinger:

The Georgia Ports Authority and Georgia Governor Nathan Deal will hold a welcome ceremony for the COSCO Development on Friday, May 12 at noon.

According to the Georgia Ports, the ship will depart for Charleston, South Carolina on Friday around 6 p.m. before returning to Hong Kong.

Copyright 2017 WTOC. All rights reserved.

  • NewsNewsMore>>

  • Update: Drought-improving rain expected Monday

    Update: Drought-improving rain expected Monday

    Saturday, April 21 2018 8:21 PM EDT2018-04-22 00:21:34 GMT
    (Source: Raycom Media)(Source: Raycom Media)
    (Source: Raycom Media)(Source: Raycom Media)

    UPDATE - The vast majority of rain over the next three days will fall Monday. Monday remains a First Alert Weather Day. Tuesday is no longer a first alert weather day. Rain remains isolated the second day of the work-week and will have only a low impact on plans. Summary; A significant rain-maker will produce widespread rain and, possibly, the heaviest rainfall totals so far this year. Impact; Widespread steady rain, and a few heavy downpours, will slow Monday morning’s commut...

    More >>

    UPDATE - The vast majority of rain over the next three days will fall Monday. Monday remains a First Alert Weather Day. Tuesday is no longer a first alert weather day. Rain remains isolated the second day of the work-week and will have only a low impact on plans. Summary; A significant rain-maker will produce widespread rain and, possibly, the heaviest rainfall totals so far this year. Impact; Widespread steady rain, and a few heavy downpours, will slow Monday morning’s commut...

    More >>
  • Voters decide fate of Beaufort County Schools funding referendum

    Voters decide fate of Beaufort County Schools funding referendum

    Saturday, April 21 2018 7:26 PM EDT2018-04-21 23:26:58 GMT
    Source: WTOCSource: WTOC

    Beaufort County voters headed to the polls Saturday to approve or deny a $76 million dollar school construction bond referendum. 

    More >>

    Beaufort County voters headed to the polls Saturday to approve or deny a $76 million dollar school construction bond referendum. 

    More >>
  • Savannah's Earth Day in Forsyth Park draws large crowds

    Savannah's Earth Day in Forsyth Park draws large crowds

    Saturday, April 21 2018 7:24 PM EDT2018-04-21 23:24:32 GMT
    (Source: WTOC)(Source: WTOC)
    (Source: WTOC)(Source: WTOC)
    Savannah's Earth Day festival in Forsyth Park on Saturday brought people out for the city's largest environmental outreach event of the year. The Savannah Chatham Sustainability Coalition is producing this event for the first time with a theme of zero waste. Many sponsors and people were there to share their clean-eating and energy efficient tactics. "This parabola is concentrating sunlight," said Wes Jackson, an earth day attendee. "Produce 1600 degrees at the top.&q...More >>
    Savannah's Earth Day festival in Forsyth Park on Saturday brought people out for the city's largest environmental outreach event of the year. The Savannah Chatham Sustainability Coalition is producing this event for the first time with a theme of zero waste. Many sponsors and people were there to share their clean-eating and energy efficient tactics. "This parabola is concentrating sunlight," said Wes Jackson, an earth day attendee. "Produce 1600 degrees at the top.&q...More >>
Powered by Frankly